Teaching Skills: tips for closings

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4. Building a Powerful Closing 

Tips for Closings

Incorporate much of the following to strengthen your closing:

  • Plan your closing in detail. Memorize it if necessary.
  • Integrate material from your introduction, referring to the analogy, rhetorical question, anecdote or data that you used. This is a powerful way to end and shows cohesiveness.
  • Use an interesting technique – quote, question, anecdote, poem, joke, etc.
  • Restate your central theme or summarize your key points.
  • Point to the listeners’ need to know what you’ve just told them, and remind them of the urgency/importance of that information.
  • Provide listeners with a “call-to-action” – clear action steps, prescribed behavior or mental activity they should do (call meeting to implement a solution; give you that budget increase).
  • Acknowledge the important work and contribution of the audience.
  • End early if possible, and offer to stay around for 15 – 20 minutes following the presentation to answer questions. The audience will know you care.
  • Go for an emotional connection with the audience. Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them think. Make them stand up and applaud.

Here are a few phrases to avoid:

  • Well, I’m about out of time.
  • I forgot to tell you. . .
  • I’m being told I need to stop now.


Adapted with permission from Soil and Water Conservation District Outreach: A Handbook for Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation. Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, 2003.